Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NIV)
David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (MSG)
David blessed God in full view of the entire congregation: Blessed are you, God of Israel, our father from of old and forever. To you, O God, belong the greatness and the might, the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor; Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth; the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all. Riches and glory come from you, you’re ruler over all; You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand to build up and strengthen all. And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you, praising your splendid Name.
“Therefore David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly and said, “Blessed (praised, adored, and thanked) are You, O Lord God of Israel (Jacob) our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand is power and might; and it is in Your hands to make great and to give strength to everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.” -AMPLIFIED
This is another prayer of David, lifted up to God in a transitional period of his life. David had lived a long life. He was preparing to turn the reigns of kingship over to his son Solomon. It was nearing the time that he would die. One of his greatest desires had been to build a temple for Jehovah, but God had informed him that was not his job to do; his son Solomon would build the temple.
While standing with the assembly David lifted up this prayer in humbleness to Adonai. “Blessed be you, Adonai, the God of Isra’el our father, forever and ever. Yours, Adonai, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty; for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. The kingdom is yours, Adonai; and you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from you, you rule everything, in your hand is power and strength, you have the capacity to make great and to give strength to all. Therefore, our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name.” (Complete Jewish Bible)
David acknowledges that everything in heaven and earth is God’s. Everything! He is over all. All riches and honor, greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty are His. David basically recognizes the fact that we are nothing without God. We have been placed here on this Earth to be stewards of what God has created and to bring glory to His Name.
We find that David has remained faithful to God, even until the end of his life. Yes, there were times of fear and running for his life; multiple times. He had committed grievous sins that displeased God, but he willingly humbled himself and asked forgiveness, making things right with God. As David prepared to die he made sure that he was leaving this life with a right attitude and his allegiance was still in the proper place. And so, we find him saying, “And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you, praising your splendid Name.”
Praise be to God, the One who is and was and will forever be. Praise be to our Heavenly Father who has been from everlasting and will be to everlasting. All praise be to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Let us give thanks to the Holy One; who is above all, able to lead all, and provides for all. He is great and greatly to be praised! Praise Him and give Him thanks.
Father, you are my God. You were before all things and You alone will be until the very end; from everlasting to everlasting. All glory, honor and praise is due you. I, too, must lift my voice with thanksgiving and praise; for I recognize the fact that without You I would not be. Without You I am lost. Without you I am hopeless. Lord, to You alone belong all greatness, power, strength, victory and majesty. You are my God and I will praise You!